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Magna Doodle Color Plus
(Ohio Art $17.99 Score:) There’s a new twist to your old Magna Doodle. Use one side of the stylus and you get a bluish line; use the other side and you get a reddish line. It says red or blue on the package, but it’s neither. Unlike previous color versions, this does erase with three or more swipes of the “eraser” and there is a wide blade tool that can turn the red to blue. But in all honesty, the original Magna Doodle ($14.99 5) is a BLUE CHIP that works better and remains a classic. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Awards
Hokey Pokey Musical Skirt
(Acting Out $32 Score:)

Following the success of last year’s Platinum winning Swan Lake Musical Dress ($32 5) and Nutcracker Sugar Plum Musical Skirt ($26 5) that gave little ballerinas an orchestra they could activate as they danced, this season dancers can turn themselves around as they do the Hokey Pokey in a polka-dotted skirt with motion-activated music. All make magical gifts to stir active imaginative performances. 3 & up. (877) 727-0222.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2007 Award
Kid-Tough FP3 Player
(Fisher-Price $69.99 Score:) Parents can download songs and stories to the preloaded player designed for preschoolers. Add your own music or selections from the Fisher-Price Song & Story Content Store. (Software PC compatible only.) In contrast to the Star Station On-the-Go Player (next page), the FP3 has a volume control and limiter to protect young ears! Comes with a 1.4" LCD screen that displays titles and visual icons for pre-readers. 3 & up. (800) 524-8697.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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My Creative Center
(Alex $159.99 Score:) You’ll need lots of room for this oversized wooden table (49" x 29.5" d) that eclipses their previous Super Art Table ($179 5) in size. Rounded on one end with a storage container, this table comes with a chalk surface and a paper roller/cutter and two long benches. Done in the same cheerful primary “Maisy-like” color scheme as the other tables in the collection. For a smaller round table with same style, consider My First Table (Alex $100 41⁄2). 3 & up. (800) 666-2539.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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Wikki Stix Curious George Activity Books
(Wikki Stix $14.95 Score:)

Choose from three different themes (school, birthday, or circus), which come with a colorful pack of wax-coated bendable stix that can be used to trace geometric shapes, follow the dots, do puzzles, trace mazes, or circle the “answers” to questions. A little workbookish, but an entertaining parent/child activity. 3 & up.


Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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Penelope Peapod
(Penelope Peapod $40 Score:) Imagine a drawstring pocketbook made of a basket with fabric top, that opens into a bassinette and has a sweet little doll inside, dressed in a matching romper. Perfect for pretend on the go. Dolls come in various ethnicities, with cotton prints (including our favorite with Pucci-inspired fabric). Additional dolls also done for Kate Spade (but you’ll need to add $10 to the price). (877) 352-1035.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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Cooking Essentials
(Step 2 $17.99 Score:) A handsome 7-piece set of enameled blue pans includes a large and small saucepan with lids and a sauté pan with wooden handle plus two pot holders. Their stainless steel set ($24.99 3) with tea kettle, colander, sauce pots, sauté pan, and pot holders would have been a top winner but for the tea kettle’s handle, which is roughly finished. We pass on the bake set ($17.99 3) because the measuring cup, marked as a cup, is short of a true cup. It seems silly to be inaccurate. 3 & up. (800) 347-8372. The company has signed a verification form complying with our safety requirements. We did not independently test this toy in a lab.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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BIrd's the Word Elmo
(Fisher-Price $19.99 Score:) Novelty dolls often get a lot of media attention. Some are worth the buzz, others deserved silence. For example, Bird’s the Word Elmo (Fisher-Price $19.99 2) features our pal Elmo dressed up like a bird, telling jokes and singing. It’s just too derivative and remote for kids.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2007.

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Playmobil's Soccer Match
(Playmobil $39.99 Score:) Both Playmobil and Lego introduced new soccer sets for 2007 that scored high with our testers. Playmobil’s Soccer Match ($39.99 ) comes with six players with kicking action and an oversized 38" x 26" soccer mat that you build the frame around. Comes with a suggested scoring game, which our testers tried; then they made up their own games. The Lego Grand Soccer Stadium (Lego Systems $49.99/386 pieces) is an updated version that is much improved, with greater stability in the core playing field. The goalies have the greatest mobility and two players are also on slides to cover more of the field. Other players can kick (our testers thought two of them should also be on slides for great coverage). Much smaller and different in feel from Playmobil’s—our testers thought both were fun. Younger builders will need help putting both together. 7 & up. Lego (800) 233-8756/Playmobil (800) 752-9662.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
My Picnic Basket
(Alex $20 Score:)

We liked the sturdiness of this 18-piece set that comes with blue enamelware including plates, cups, spoons, forks, and tablecloth. Great for real picnics or pretend tea parties.   All stored in a lovely wicker basket that closes- just like the real thing.  5 & up.


Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2007. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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